Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: May 5th, 2009

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About a week and a half ago, Brandeis saw something that had never happened before.  Several Public Safety officers responded to an on-campus incident by drawing their firearms, the first time that has happened since the guns were issued last June.  After the fierce debates over arming campus police last year, there’s been surprisingly little […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: May 4th, 2009

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“BRANDEIS IS NOT CLOSING THE ROSE AND SELLING ALL THE ARTWORK.” Words and italics from them, bold and caps from yours truly.  If you’re going to take anything from the interim report of the Future of the Rose Committee, make it that.  We’ve sat and listened as the Rose first was closed, then open for […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: May 2nd, 2009

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Before my title deceives you, I unfortunately missed Bill Ayers’ lecture on Thursday, and I have no idea what he talked about.  He might have brought up the idea of student autonomy; chances are he didn’t. The event itself, however, sure told us a lot about the freedom we enjoy as Brandeis students — and […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: May 1st, 2009

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Today is Andy Hogan’s second full day on the job as Student Union President, and despite this high-profile position, I feel he’s still something of an unknown quantity to much of the student body, much more so than Jason Gray was last year.  There are several reasons for this: the Presidential race was much less […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: May 1st, 2009

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For those of you who follow such things, the Elections Commission changed its mind on who won the Union Judiciary elections, and Leeyat Slyper was sworn in as the fifth Justice during Wednesday’s inaugurations.  Regardless of what you think about the interpretation of the elections rules, I can’t see anyone complaining too much about this; […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 30th, 2009

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If you’re a regular reader of Innermost Parts, you probably already know how I feel about Jason Gray.  Getting to know him over the past year has been a complete pleasure and an honor for me, and I cannot repay my debt of gratitude for all he has done for me.  As a newly elected […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 28th, 2009

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There’s a debate in the comments of the election results post over who exactly won the Union Judiciary race.  This is a complex situation, and there’s a lot of confusion surrounding it.  I’ve looked at the election rules, the Constitution, and the vote totals as thoroughly as I can, and here are five scenarios on […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 26th, 2009

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The Union Judiciary just sent out an e-mail denying certiorari (declining to hear) a case brought by Henry Schleifer, a former write-in candidate for next year’s UJ.  Henry had formed a Facebook group to campaign for the position despite the fact he’s currently studying abroad.  However, because his term would technically begin next Wednesday during […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 12th, 2009

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At their last meeting, the Union Senate passed SMR S09-14, which provided funding for this semester’s Midnight Buffet, which will be held on April 29th.  The resolution called for $3650.10, and that total was apparently amended upwards to $3750 during the meeting. The resolution itself is noteworthy for being over a thousand dollars lower than […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 10th, 2009

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With all the press the Union government has received for its work in securing a student voice in budgetary committees, some of its other triumphs have flown below the radar.  The Clubs in Service program is one of my favorite Union initiatives this year, and its great intentions and success are unfortunately under-recognized. Jason Gray […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 9th, 2009

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If you could sum up successful interfaith dialogue in three words, what would they be? How about “Homies in Harmony”? If those aren’t quite the words you had in mind, then you clearly weren’t one of the organizers of last week’s Jews and Muslims Session: Homies in Harmony III.  I wish that I had been […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 3rd, 2009

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Well, you all protested the lack of Pigasus results, and the powers-that-be have listened.  Tia Chatterjee sent out an e-mail to the candidates today with the full election results including votes for ineligible candidates.  Pigasus wound up with 17 votes for President (22 if you include the various misspellings).  My favorite protest vote, however, has […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: April 2nd, 2009

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Here they are: Congrats to Andy for President, Amanda for VP, Daniel for Treasurer, Diana for Secretary, Akash, Julia, Makelensky and Gabriel and Lisa for Fiance Board (all positions), and Nicole for UCC. There will be a final round for Junior Rep to the Board of Trustees. It will include Heddy and Sahar. There will […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: March 31st, 2009

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It’s been two weeks since Jason Gray made this call to the Brandeis community: [T]oday, I challenge the University administration to engage the arts community in order to find tangible ways to invest in the long-term future of the arts at Brandeis. I call for a series of meetings between administrators and members of our […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: March 26th, 2009

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I just got around to reading the Justice’s article about the State of the Union today, and one thing in particular really jumped out at me: “I think his speech was one of the most outstanding you can imagine from a student leader,” said Rena Olshansky ’56, a member of the Board of Trustees’ Students […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: March 23rd, 2009

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For a speech with a theme of “Looking Forward”, Jason Gray’s State of the Union went pretty far back to the past — all the way to 1946, in fact, to the University’s founding.  Of course, this isn’t a criticism; the past is our best (and maybe our only) tool for predicting the future, and […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: March 22nd, 2009

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I’m still on the Brandeis Athletics press release e-mail list from my time as the Hoot’s sports editor, and I still read the e-mails and keep up with how the teams are doing.  Today’s release about the NCAA D-III Swimming and Diving Championships was particularly impressive: Brandeis University rookie swimmer Marc Eder (Princeton, N.J./Lawenceville School)  […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: March 21st, 2009

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If you couldn’t make Jason Gray’s final State of the Union on Tuesday, then you missed out on a very good speech.  Thankfully, Innermost Parts is here for you again (Have we ever let you down before?  Don’t answer that…).  Below the fold is the complete text of the speech, titled “Looking Forward: Student Involvement, […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: March 17th, 2009

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Here’s Andy Hogan, the Union’s Director of Community Advocacy, discussing the new cell phone amplifier in lower Usdan.  Andy was the driving force behind the project and secured funding for it from the Office of Facilities Services.: As of Monday morning, you can now use your cell phones in lower Usdan.  The amplifier that was […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 15th, 2009

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It’s no secret that Brandeis’s fundraising is much too slow right now and that the Madoff scheme is a big reason why.  The failing economy would be a huge handicap on it’s own, but dealing with the greatest theft in history targeted mostly toward our greatest donor base has made our situation critical.  We know […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 13th, 2009

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In the wake of the Finance Board’s marathon decisions, a lot of clubs have been wondering why they got so little money compared to previous semesters.  It’s not the budget situation — the Union Activities Fee is fixed and thus divorced from the budget cuts.  So why is everyone getting less than usual?  Here’s the […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 12th, 2009

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As details of our financial situation have come out, it has become apparent that Brandeis is in worse shape than many other universities.  There are several well-known reasons for this.  Our relative youth means our endowment is much smaller than most institutions of similar standing.  The Madoff scandal affected our donor base much more heavily […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 4th, 2009

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In the past few weeks, the Brandeis administration has become much more transparent about the financial situation that the University is facing.  This has been both frightening and relieving; frightening, because the picture is quite bleak, and relieving, because at least we know what the picture looks like.  Overall, however, the result has been very […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 4th, 2009

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Sorry about the delay, the results came in much later than usual this time.  Here they are: UJ: Rank Candidate Votes % 1 Matthew Kriegsman 223 69.69 2 Bret Matthews 70 21.88

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 4th, 2009

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At last week’s open forum, President Reinharz promised that the dialogue between the administration and the students was just beginning, and tomorrow at 5 in the Levin Ballroom, he will keep his word.  The main complaint that most students had with the first forum was the inconvenient timing; 11 o’clock on a Wednesday is impossible […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 3rd, 2009

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The Faculty Club is hosting a fundraising event this Saturday at 8pm for hopeFound, a homeless shelter in the greater Boston area, and from what I hear it’s going to be a mightily impressive event.  Just for comparison, last weekend’s very successful (I’ll post the figures when I get them) Union fundraiser for the Macedonia […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 3rd, 2009

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As part of the National Climate Change Solutions Day taking place on hundreds of college campuses tomorrow, the Campus Sustainability Initiative will be hosting a series of really cool events tomorrow.  If you think this weird “environment” thing that the young’uns keep going on about is important, then you’ll probably find something interesting in their […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 3rd, 2009

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The creation of the Study Abroad Advisory Committee was announced on Friday, and it represents a clear commitment on the part of the administration to rectify the mistakes they made in planning and announcing the changes to study abroad.  It is composed of three administrators, three faculty members, and three students, all chosen for their […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 3rd, 2009

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The polls are open now for the Winter Round of Union elections.  Everyone is eligible to vote in at least one race, so make sure to take the time to cast your ballot.  Time after time I have seen how just one Senator can start the ball rolling on a project that benefits the entire […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 2nd, 2009

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We sent every candidate for Union office in the upcoming winter elections a short questionnaire on relevant issues.  Below the fold is the response from Avi Rhodes, candidate for Senator for Village Quad.

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 2nd, 2009

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BrandeisPlans was a great step forward in the process of empowering students in changing Brandeis.  The idea of a forum open equally to every member of the Brandeis community was simple but brilliant, and it really hadn’t existed in any shape before.  However, the wiki format makes it more suited to collecting and sharing broad […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 2nd, 2009

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We sent every candidate for Union office in the upcoming winter elections a short questionnaire on relevant issues.  Below the fold is the response from Aaron Mitchell Finegold, candidate for Senator for Ridgewood Quad.

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 2nd, 2009

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We sent every candidate for Union office in the upcoming winter elections a short questionnaire on relevant issues.  Below the fold is the response from Bret Matthew, candidate for Justice of the Union Judiciary.

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 2nd, 2009

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We sent every candidate for Union office in the upcoming winter elections a short questionnaire on relevant issues.  Below the fold is the response from Amanda Hecker, candidate for Senator for the Class of 2010.

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: February 1st, 2009

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Election day for the four Union positions open during this winter round is just two days away.  Usually, winter elections are limited to just one or two races, but for a variety of reasons, this year will have four open slots, including one with a constituency of the entire ungraduate student body.  The open seats […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: January 30th, 2009

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Wow.  Among all the meetings, protests, committees, forums, list servs, blogging, e-mailing, letter writing, and general, all-around activism that we’ve seen from so much of the student body recently, it’s easy to forget that the infamous closed faculty meeting was only one week ago as of yesterday.  So much has happened since then, so much […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: January 30th, 2009

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The deadline for applying for the Curriculum and Academic Restructuring Sub-Committees is this Saturday at 5pm, so apply now here or forever hold your peace.  The subcommittees open to undergraduate students are Recruiting and Admissions, creating a possible Business Major, Summer Semester/Summer Away, and Degree Requirements and Advising.  These openings for student voices are the […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: January 30th, 2009

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Not to self-promote too much, but I just want to quickly call attention to my article published in today’s Brandeis Hoot.  I hope it answers any questions anyone may still have about my sudden resignation from the Student Union, something which I have an obligation to explain to the student body that elected me.  If […]

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Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: January 29th, 2009

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If you missed yesterday’s forum with President Reinharz or just didn’t get a chance to ask your question, you’re in luck.  The Graduate Student Association has planned another question and answer session with senior administrators to be held later today.  The meeting is at 5:00pm in the Olin-Sang Auditorium, and every member of the Brandeis […]

Author: Adam Hughes


Posted on: January 28th, 2009

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Wow, I really picked the wrong time to leave the campus.  Protests, sit-ins, listservs, national controversy, student forums (fora?) — what fun you must all be having! I’m definitely keeping an eye on everything though, and consider this my long-awaited (yeah, right) return to active posting.  Echoing InfoGirl’s post from Monday, I really want to […]

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